Blackhawks prospect camp on Wednesday featured the first scrimmage of the week after Team A/the Red Team practiced for about an hour beforehand.
The Blackhawks’ fourth round (109th overall) draft choice in 2011, Maxim Shalunov, got things started for the Red Team early on in the scrimmage. Just a little over four minutes into the first period, he sent a wicked shot past Team B/the White Team’s netminder Troy Grosenick from the left circle. He was set up by Teuvo Teravainen, the Hawks’ first round (18th overall) draft pick in 2012.
Free agent invitee Ryan Carpenter, from Bowling Green State University, tied the game up for the white team just over a minute later. The action continued with 13:03 to go in the period when Sam Jardine, who Chicago picked in the 6th round in 2011, and free agent Aaron Schmit dropped the gloves in a spirited bout.
Teravainen gave the red team the lead back with 8:43 left in the first after he dug out a rebound and fired it into an open net. The second and final fight of the scrimmage came with 3:43 to go when Garret Ross, Chicago’s 139th overall pick in 2012, and free agent forward Chris Martin went at it. Free agent defenseman Jake Chelios, Chris’ son, sent a bomb from the blue line off of a late faceoff towards the net and made it 3-1 Red with 3.7 seconds to go in the frame.
Red extended their lead just under two minutes into the second period. Alex Broadhurst, the Hawks’ 7th round choice in 2011, may have gotten credit for the tally. Free agent Nick McParland cut Red’s lead to two with less than ten minutes to go in the frame. 21-year-old free agent Pat Mullane, from Boston College, scored a short-handed goal for Red with 6:44 to go in the third period after he found himself uncovered in the slot and walked in and beat Andrew Hammond, from Bowling Green, blocker side.
The final score ended up being 6-2 Red after a player on the White Team accidentally kicked the puck into his own net in the waning seconds of the third.
-Troy Grosenick got the start in net for the White Team and Eric Mihalik, from Colgate University got the start in net for the Red Team. One of the Hawks’ 7th round choices in 2012, Brandon Whitney, was in net for Red during the second period and played a spectacular twenty minutes. He was very strong and used his 6-foot-5, 193 pound frame to guard the net very well. Andrew Hammond came in for Mihalik on Team in the the middle of the second period. The Hawks’ other 7th round pick in 2012, Matt Tomkins, took over the reins in the blue paint during the third period for the red team.
-Red went 0-for-3 on the power play and White went 0-for-2.
-The lines and D pairings were always changing a bit with the abundance of players on each roster, but here’s a glance at what they looked like during the scrimmage:
Alex Broadhurst – Mark McNeill – Terry Broadhurst
Dan Delisle – Pat Mullane – Kyle De Laurell/Chris Martin
Daniel Carr – Vincent Hinostroza – Mikhail Plotnikov
Maxim Shalunov – Teuvo Teravainen – Miks Indrasis
Jake Chelios – Chris Casto
Braden Birch – Joe Gleason
Klas Dahlbeck – Justin Holl
Travis Brown – Sam Jardine
Denis Hollenstein – Phillip Danault – Joakim Nordstrom
Garret Ross – Kevin Hayes – Chris Calnan
Matthew Lorito – Matthew Lindblad – Nick McParland
Kyle Bonis – Ryan Carpenter – Adam Berkle/Aaron Schmit
Nick Mattson – Adam Clendening
Paul Phillips – Michael Paliotta
Viktor Svedberg – Mark Nemec
Mat Bodie – Steven Spinell
-The power play units weren’t anything fancy, just the normal lines for the most part. There were some interesting penalty killers though. Here is a unit that Red used: Mark McNeill, Daniel Carr, Jake Chelios, and Chris Casto.
Here are some PKers that White used: Matthew Lindblad, Nick McParland, Mat Bodie, and Steven Spinell; Chris Calnan, Garret Ross, Paul Phillips, and Michael Paliotta; Kevin Hayes, McParland, Mark Nemec, and Viktor Svedberg.
-You may have noticed the lack of talk about forward Brandon Saad and goalies Kent Simpson and Mac Carruth in this post. Well, it’s because they didn’t play. Saad and Carruth, who were on Team B’s roster, skated with Team A during their practice before the scrimmage, but didn’t take any scrimmage ice. Simpson was the only goalie from Team A on the ice during the practice and found himself in the same boat as Saad and Carruth.